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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,242
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 337
Gots: 412 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of scarletfire79
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

really nice brew. pours nice and dark brown, some red highlights. smells of sweet malt, possibly some dark fruit notes. buttery smooth taste, caramel like sweetness, slight fruit in the finish. very smooth, not as syrupy as i guess i would have expected. not that i'm complaining, this is one hell of a brew. right on for the style, very nice beer.

scarletfire79, May 27, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 12oz pilsner glass

A - very dark, quite clear, a bit of brown flashes at the bottom of the glass, red hues show up when held to a light. Average cap forms and recedes.

S - Intense dark fruits, sweet malt, toffee-ish

T - Satisfying sweetness, rich and malty. Just enough hops to keep it from going over the edge. Chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Luxurious.

M - Full bodied, but not syrupy. Has a soft creaminess, but their is some carbonation to keep things lively. Alcohol is very well hidden.

D - Goes down easy, and a fantastic brew to boot. I already want more!

Overall - My first tasting of this beer was after I had a local craft Bock that has a bit more hops and a lot more toasty character. When I tried the Celebrator, it seemed like a syrupy mess. However, on a clean palette, this is a whole different story. Now I see what all the fuss is about! Splendid.

markaberrant, May 24, 2007
Photo of scott
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, well carbonated ruby brown with a loose (think root beer float) & quick to fade head.
Subtle malt & brown sugar/molasses, with mild tobacco notes as it warms.
Exceptional taste, with a semi-sweet nut/sugar/bisquit that is initially creamy and borders on cloying with an overpowering coat, but somehow defies it. It finishes nicely, with an almost crisp, dry champagne zest.
Complex in its simplicity, well balanced and easy to drink. Recommended.

scott, May 20, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #3.

Pours an incredible dark brown, nearly black. with some ruby hues where the light hits. A thick and creamy looking tan 1 finger head builds on top and diminishes slowly, leaving a nice ring but not a whole lot of lacing on the way down the glass.

Smell is bittersweet dark chocolate, some molasses and caramel malts. Very appealing. Those aromas don't disappoint in the taste, which is a wonderfully sweet and complex combination of malty goodness with a little bit of hops to create a perfectly balanced and incredibly delicious brew. Mouthfeel is superb - perfect amount of carbonation and a creamy full body. Amazing brew and the best doppel I've ever tasted.

number1bum, May 20, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one once before and was blown away; finally now getting to review the deliciousness. This one really blows the other doppelbocks I've had out of the park. Pours an incredible dark brown with a nice tan head on top that dissolves at a good pace. Nose is mild, a touch of caramel malt. Taste is amazing; lots of chocolate and caramel malt with a good lager hops kick at the end. Really a tasty beer. Feel is good, good thickness, especially for a lager. Overall, a fantastic lager that I would and will definitely have again. Great.

soupyman10, May 19, 2007
Photo of techdiver
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep mahogany with a nice frothy head that dissipates slowly.

Molasses, caramel and toasted malt nose.

Taste is exquisite. Perfectly balanced malt, molasses, and hops. Truly a joy. Had to rate this all 5's for first time; it's even better than Korbinian.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Perfect carbonation, just fantastic.

Extremely drinkable, I need more of this.

techdiver, May 19, 2007
Photo of pittvkyle7
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this into a mug. Very dark, you can see through a little when held to light. The head was a cream color, two fingers high, the head fadded into lacing.

smells of spices, chocolate, toasted, and coffe

the taste has so much to it. Chocolate, burnt toast, oily, a little bitter but it ends so sweet. Very well rounded drink.

medium body, right amount of carbonation. Taste stays on the tounge for a while

very good but not extremely drinkable

pittvkyle7, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of PhiloPsych
2.65/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured brown from the bottle with about an inch of head; the head dissipated quickly and almost completely, leaving just a slight ring around the edge. Smell was sweet and alcoholic. I don't know how to describe the taste exactly. It's sweet up front followed by a kick of funkiness that is strange and unfamiliar to me. There's a bit of solvent and steel in the taste, I think. The first part of each sip is good, but the back end doesn't suit me.

PhiloPsych, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of CPfromTX
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: stout-like appearance, very dark black/brown to deep red amber in heavy light. little head, head is creamy off-white color similar to color of guiness draft head

S: coffee tones with smaller caramel, sweeter overtones. I get a lot of chocolate. Hint of alcohol, definitly can tell from smell that stronger than 6%.

T: dominant coffee and caramel taste, much smaller hop taste. Alcohol very well-hidden. Smooth overall taste with little bitterness and great chocolate character.

M: medium-bodied to heavy, goes down smooth with no hint or burning sensation from alcohol, some bitter-sweet feel drifting towards sweet at the finish.

D: not the most drinkable beer. Stronger than its smell and taste give off. Great beer for someone looking to explore doppelbocks. Not sessionable but definitly worth a cool sip.

CPfromTX, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer shines a nice mahogany ruby color when held to the light but doesn't have quite as much head as I'd like. There was a thin light mocha colored head that fell very quickly leaving only a rim around the glass.

S: There is a surprisingly strong roasted aroma with a good raisin scent and some chocolate in the background. The strong malt flavor, which I expected to be very bold, was hidden in between the raisin and the chocolate.

T: The malt that was missing in the aroma was very prevalent in the flavor. There is a strong raisin flavor and some caramel notes. Some bitterness is hidden in there but is overwhelmed by the sweetness

M: This is a good medium bodied beer that is incredibly smooth.

D: Although it's perhaps a bit sweet for drinking a bunch of them, it is an excellent example of a doppelbock.

drseamus, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark in appearance, near black. Tough to see through even when held to light. Thick, creamy head with some decent lacing. Lovely smell with sweet fruits and some caramel and chocolate malts. Some alcohol. Great taste with the chocolate making its presence felt in this dark version of the style, alcohol present once again but faint and actually helps create some balance. Sweet malts also come through. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel that is smooth and creamy, silky even. Not the greatest drinkability but still up there in the good ranks. I would recommend this highly, well worth the price.

ncvbc, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of cichief
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Very deep amber in color, light brown head.

S- A very bready, lightly hoppy beer.

T- Well balanced, sweet, but not as sweet as other doppelbocks.

M- Medium body, dry finish.

D- Not a session beer, but very good for the style.

cichief, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A blackish brown beer with a ligth borwn head that lasts and trails down the side of the glass at times.
S: a nice roased malt caramel type smell not very strong but it smells right
T:Exremely good imo, caramel light chocolate roasted malts. a little bitter but not very much. extremely good caramel chocolate flavor
M: a little lighter than i would like for the style but regardless a nice smooth creamy flavor and feel.
D:i could drink this all day, the relatively high abv means i probably should not, but its very very good smooth and tasty....what more could you want?

Redwood21, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of loren01
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with good sized white/brownish head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Smells very sweet, chocolatey scent also coming through
T: Roasted malt flavor, dark fruits, black licorice. Finishes slighly dry and bitter
M: Full bodied, a little too carbonated
D: Pretty good beer, wouldn't consider it a session beer but 1 worked out just about right.

loren01, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of kajerm
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ornamental, extremely German-looking bottle, with a white plastic faux-ivory goat hanging from the neck. Pretty cool.

Pours dark brown with a ruby cast and a thin head.

First whiff is malty as hell, super-sweet with some dark fruit and molasses.

Tastes exactly like it smells and finishes clean. Alcohol is virtually undetectable-- it's only 6.7% ABV and it shows. Packed with simple, rich malty sweetness-- a dessert beer for sure. It's not really all that complex, but Celebrator is pretty much a flawless doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is thin and very lightly carbonated. Pretty much on-par for the style.

Not really all that drinkable, but great for after-dinner sipping.

kajerm, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured slightly chilled from a plastic goat adorned brown 12oz bottle into an Ayiner Celebrator glass with gold rim.
A - Healthy, hefty head hangs on for a while only gradually relaxing leaving a generous amount of lace. A deep brown coffee color similar to mahogany.

S - An extremely pleasant malt with vinous raisin and slightly molasses odor emanates w/ a synergy of roasted malt and brown sugar, fig like scents. Earthy and woody underpinnings follow through.

M - A smooth buttery feel with a masterful blend of carbonation and malt sweetness that surrounds the tongue with exquisite nuance.

T - A beautiful walnut desert flavor gets tangled up in a luscious mix of fig, caramel, toffee, vanilla, subtle dark chocolate and sweet dark malt. The lager yeast really lets the spectrum of nutty, roasty and sweet satiny flavors blend with effortless grace. A majestic harmony is achieved with minimal bitterness and malt that fades into a rippling echo.

D - May be respected in small doses like a truffle with it's rich character and lasting residual sweetness. Almost a meal on its own, it has a fullness and chewiness that makes for a lager for special occasions - like any day it is available.

Slatetank, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Poured with a one finger head but that faded very quickly.

S) Aroma has some fig, some prune.

T) Flavor is nice and full. There are darker fruit flavors as well as a tad of vanilla.

M) Malty texture with a full lasting finish.

D)Good beer, I imagine this would be simply delicious on tap.

ChazMania, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite dark brown color, slight burgundy highlights. Very big and bready aroma, some pepper and caramel sweetness in the hop-malt profile. This is a tasty doppelbock, very sweet with a little hop spicing and big malt presence. This is a sipper and a classic.

BretSikkink, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pat at Finger Lakes Beverage in Ithaca recommended this for me to try as he said it's the best Dopplebock around. I was attracted to the nice little goat charm. This is one amazing looking beer. Very dark ruby appearance with a wonderful dark khaki colored head that remains throughout entire tasting with a medium grainy lace. Smell is of a nutty chocolate with a toasted malt undertone. Very pleasant smell. Taste follows up quite well after the amazing odor. Lots of malt! Very sweet bready flavors, brown sugar, raisin as well. Little to no alcohol bite which I enjoy. Such a smooth enjoyable brew that has a fair amount of carbonation to it, but doesn't distract from its overall balance. This beer left me speechless, I highly recommend this no matter what kind of beer you prefer. I have a new respect for Dopplebocks and look forward to trying more. Thank you Pat from Finger Lakes Beverage!

BeerTruth, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of becktone
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Black in color with ruby highlights, this brew is everything that a doppelbock should look like. The head has good retention, is tan in color and appears to be creamy. As it recedes from the pour it leaves appetizing lacing along the sides of the glass.

Nose: Strong sweet malt aromas right up front. Alcohol presence is noticeable. No hop aroma present. Notes of chocolate come thorough, overall dark character to the aroma.

Tongue: Overall dark complex nicely mixed flavor. Flavor is also very clean. As with the aroma there is a chocolate presence, and a bit of alcohol is noticeable. Finishes with some roasted type and chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Smooth and creamy on the palate. Lower carbonation of this brew accentuates the complex flavors. This brew is real easy to drink, could easily drink this without getting tired of it. The body is a bit thinner than what I would have expected; however, it is still full bodied. Finishes more on the drier side once one has sat without taking another sip for a few moments. A great doppelbock, but for the price of 4 of these I'd probably rather buy Bell's or Spaten's doppelbock....you know more bang for the buck. But I guess If I want to splurge then I'd buy these.

becktone, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of ablaze
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep ruby red colour with a nice beige head. Looks like a rich beer, that's for sure.

Scent is a very faint rose or potpourri, with a soft undertone of alcohol that takes a few sniffs to notice.

The flavours unravel very well, and every sip is different. Very spicy and fruity at first with lots of strawberries, then blackberries, and then a solid rye bread finish. Very nicely layered with a rich, lingering aftertaste. It's a delicious and sweet beer, like candy.

Feels silky in the mouth, and clingy, like it's coating your mouth before it goes down. Quite pleasing.

Definitely a special beer, and it's well priced. I could drink it in any kind of weather on any day, and it would cheer me right up (but what good beer doesn't?). 6.7% by volume, but very easy to drink, and the alcohol isn't noticable by taste.

Overall, it's very deserving of the praise it has gotten and it is very close to what I expected. I am satisfied, and will definitely be getting more of this in the future.

ablaze, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a rich ruby red brown, which was nearly opague but could still observe some light through. Big tan head, faded after a moderate time revealing a big layer of lace that stayed until the end.

S - Smell was very sweet, and thick. Robust would be a good word. Lots of caramel aromas here, even some hints at cofee, rasin, or perhaps a light chocolate interspersed with a nice smoked aroma.

M & T - The first thing I noticed was a sort of flat, slick taste. I was hoping for some more carbonation and a fuller feel. The first flavor to hit was a nice balanced smoked, roasted malt flavor. Very nice, with a good amount of bittering hoppiness backing it up, almost a hint of a cola flavor as well. Lots of good sublties here, very well rounded.

D - Overall the only negative I have is that it needed more carbonation to give a fuller feel and better set off the flavors. It was very drinkable however, as nothing overwhelmed you and it never came off as too thick. Very nice relaxing nightcap for me.

mikesgroove, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of kdoc8
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Willamette Market of Choice, Eugene, OR. It pours out a very dark brown color with some faint red hints. It's got a thin bubbly head that's tan-brown and long lasting. Not much lacing. It doesn't smell too strongly - just a bit bitter but mostly a sweet smell. The taste is slightly acidic/bitter up front, but then erupts into a roasty sweet chocolate taste on the end which dominates the aftertaste. Very drinkable and delicious - nice bitterness to balance out the sweet roast. Plus it's got a funky little goat necklace for some reason. You don't find too many beers with necklaces....

kdoc8, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coca-cola color into glass with no head. No lacing left behind. Aroma is chocolate at first and then roasted malts. Taste is dark fruits and sugar up front. Carmel malts give way to roasted flavor and slight alcohol burn as it goes down. Aftertaste is primarily roastiness and alcohol. Good beer, not great. I do not have enough experience in the style to say how it stacks up to the competiton.

Duster72, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 11.2 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Huge rocky, creamy, thick head. The body looks very dark and rich. As it's being consumed, it leaves a substantial amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Mostly roasted malt and a good dose of clean hops in there as well.

T: This brew is very complex in that the first couple of sips seemed to have a lot of roasted malt flavor up front. Then, as I took the next few sips, the roasted character of this brew seems to mellow out and the hops really shine through more to balance the malt sweetness. In my opinion, the only thing missing from this brew is that it actually needs just a slight touch more of malt sweetness for all the hop flavor it has.

M: Simply awesome. Perfect for the style, but still doesn't weigh you down.

D: Without a doubt, the most drinkable double bock I've ever had. It's not quite as sweet as most brews of the style, and I just can't get enough the awesome hops that do such a nice job of balancing everything out. Also, this brew has a somewhat lower ABV than most doppelbocks, which makes it an excellent session beer if you feel like having a few. My local grocer just started getting this beer, it tastes so good I forgot the expensive price already!

AustinBeerLvr, Mar 21, 2007
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,242 ratings.